Senior Researcher, START
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Barnett S. Koven is a Senior Researcher at the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University. Koven is currently completing his Ph.D. in political science at the George Washington University, where he previously received a M.Phil. and a M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies. Koven also holds a Certificates in Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute for Peace and Advanced Security in the Field from the United Nations System Staff College.
His dissertation examines under what conditions development assistance reduces or exacerbates insurgent violence both where it is implemented and in geographically proximate areas. This research, which has involved extensive archival investigation, practitioner interviews, fieldwork, and the construction of original quantitative datasets, covers Iraq, Afghanistan, Peru, and Colombia. This inquiry, including over a year of overseas fieldwork was funded by two grants from The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy and a third from the George Washington University. In addition to his dissertation research, Koven also works on other issues pertaining to counterinsurgency, counter-narcotics, security cooperation, weapons availability and conflict onset, post-conflict reconstruction, and the material and non-material sources of military power. A complete list of publications can be found on his website: barnettkoven.weebly.com.
Koven is also the Co-founder and Chair of The Village Energy Project, a non-profit facilitating the use anaerobic digestion (waste-to-energy) processes for rural electrification in the developing world. He is the Vice President and Events Director at the Godparents of the Children of Instituto Mundo Libre, a non-profit providing housing, rehabilitation, and vocational training to homeless children in Peru. Finally, Koven is an advisor at Concordia, a non-profit platform for expanding public-private partnerships.
- The George Washington University, Ph.D., Political Science, expected 2017
- The George Washington University, M.Phil., Political Science, 2016
- The George Washington University, M.A., Political Science, 2015
- The George Washington University, B.A., International Affairs and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies, summa cum laude, departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 2012
- United States Institute of Peace, Certificate in Conflict Analysis, 2008
- United Nations System Staff College, Certificate in Advanced Security in the Field, 2008
- 2014 Horowitz Foundation Award Research Grant ($7,500), 2015-2016
- 2014 Harrold D. Lasswell Award Special Recognition Research Grant ($1,500), 2015-2016
- The George Washington University Fellowship Research Grant (11,250), 2015-2016
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention (one of 15 in political science)
- Co-founder and Chair, The Village Energy Project, Inc., 2009-Present
- Vice President and Director of Events, Godparents of the Children of Instituto Mundo Libre, 2010-Present
- Advisor, Concordia, 2016-Present
- Analyst, McGovern Consulting LLC, 2012-2012
- Treasurer and Executive Board Member, World Information Transfer, Inc. 2008-2012
- Volunteer, Healing the Children, 2005-2012
- Research Associate, Institute for the Analysis of Solar Energy, 2008-2009